October is Respect Life Month
Join us in prayer for the protection of all life from conception to natural death

Save the Dates for the two major pro-life events in 2012 with Bishop Farrell: Roe Memorial Mass and Dallas March for Life on January 21, 2012 and The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 14, 2012.

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Bishop Farrell: What Respect Life is all about

FarrellC.JPG“I came so that all might have life and have it to the full” John 10:10

In a society and world where life is increasingly disrespected, it is important that we remind ourselves that Jesus came not only to give us eternal life but life in this world. Our duty to respect life is constant and never ending, but once each year for forty years the Church in America has set aside October as Respect Life Month to emphasize to us and to others Jesus’ new Commandment of unselfish love.

From conception to old age many regard human life not as God’s greatest gift, but as inconvenient and and a burden.

The cruelty of killing millions of babies because of the inconvenience of pregnancy and parenthood, the neglect and shuffling aside of the aging because they have become a burden, the cheering of an audience over the high number of executions, the callous unconcern of some politicians for anyone who is weak, defenseless or in need of help are all too familiar examples of disrespect for life.  Continue reading

Also of interest: Cardinal DiNardo Issues Respect Life Month Statement


11 Lives Saved During First 8 Days of 40 Days for Life-Dallas!

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Dallas, TX: The first day of the 40 Days for Life vigil, three mothers chose life for their babies!

In the words of the Dallas prayer coordinator, “There was a steady powerful prayer presence non-stop as people came ‘passing the baton.’ The prayer chain was unbroken.”  Continue reading

Since the that first day, 8 more babies have been saved from abortion at the 40 Days for Life-Dallas vigil site, bringing the total lives saved to 11 in only 8 days (plus 4 more reported by the nearby Community Mobile Sonogram Unit)!  Praise be to God!! 

Sign up here to be a part of this amazing prayer campaign today, and join us in thanksgiving for the miraculous on Saturday, October 15th at:

40 Days for Life-Dallas Midway Rally
12 noon - 1:30 p.m., Harry S. Moss Park, 8000 Greenville Ave., Dallas

Mark the midpoint of the 40-day campaign with a family picnic (thanks to Holy Smokers who will be grilling out!), great music and pro-life speakers, including Father Michael Guadagnoli of St. Pius X, Joe Baker of Save the Storks Counseling Ministry, Father Seraphim Hipsh of St. Sava Orthodox Church and Corinne Kelly with UTD Students for Life!

40 Days for Life-Dallas Youth Day
7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Southwestern late-term abortion center, 8616 Greenville Ave., Dallas

Experience the powerful witness of youth standing vigil for their brothers and sisters in the womb (plus a surprise, peaceful, prayerful balloon demonstration!).  To adopt an hour or two of prayer for your students or youth group, email Learn more.

*All youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or safe environment-cleared chaperone.*

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Respect Life Month Events 

Quarterly Mass, Adoration and Procession

Date:  Saturday, October 15
The Respect Life Month Quarterly Mass will be celebrated with special prayers for the unborn and an end to abortion, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus, led by Father Josef Vollmer- König, to the Southwestern late-term abortion center, the site of the Fall 40 Days for Life-Dallas vigil. We will return to the church for closing Benediction.  For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at or 469-767-5785.
Time:  8:00 a.m.
Place:  St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dallas

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Theology on Tap Series, featuring CPLC Panelist Tonight

Date:  Tonight, Thursday, October 6
The Fall Theology on Tap Series begins on October 6 with a discussion of health issues related to the dignity of the human person.  The discussion panelists include Becky Visosky, Catholic Pro-Life Committee; Catarina Torres, Catholic Charities; and Deacon Charlie Stump, Dallas Diocese Pastoral Services.  Sponsored by Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Dallas
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:   Snuffers Bar & Grill, Dallas

Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood's "Cocktails for a Cause" Tonight

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 6

STOPP Dallas is organizing a pro-life presence outside Planned Parenthood's annual "Cocktails for a Cause" fundraiser; the public witness will be from 5:30 - 7/7:30 p.m.  Some carpooling and parking available.  Learn more.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact JoAnn Murray at 972-442-1127, .  Sponsored by STOPP Dallas.

Time:  5:30 p.m.
Place:  Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas

First Friday All Night Adoration Tomorrow

Date:  Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8 3 HOLY MASSES (8 PM, 3 AM, 7 AM) – ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – CONFESSION – ROSARIES

Join in prayer for the protection of the sanctity of life.  The Cloistered Carmelites will also be praying all night, and you may leave personal prayer requests with them.  There will be food and drink available in the evening. 

For more information, contact or Mary Jane, 214-704-4541. Sponsored by the Discalced Carmelite Monastery.

Time:  4:00 p.m.  - 7:00 a.m.
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Hike for Life this Saturday

Dates:  Oct. 8 & 15
Hike for Life is an annual pro-life walk in various Texas locations to raise money for local pregnancy care centers and awareness of the dignity of all human life.  Hikes on October 8 will be at Audubon Park in Garland, Erwin Park in McKinney, Sacred Heart Church in Rowlett, and Kiest Park in Oak Cliff (Bilingual Hike!).  Click here for October 15 locations.  

For more information and to pre-register, visit hikeforlifetexas.org or contact Tom Clark, 214-282-6297 or .  Sponsored by Hike for Life Texas.

Time:  9 a.m. (except McKinney Hike at 8 a.m.)

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**Visit prolifedallas.org/calendar for more Respect Life Month events**


Breaking Pro-Life News

USCCB_square_logo.jpgBishops Reaffirm Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship as Guiding Teaching in Political Life

Bishops Issue New Introductory Note to Document
Highlight Areas of Concern Including Religious Liberty
Urge Catholics to Bring Moral Principles to Political Choices

WASHINGTON—In advance of the 2012 elections, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed their 2007 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, in this coming election cycle and beyond, as the “continuing teaching of our Bishops’ Conference and our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.”  Continue reading.

Bishop Farrell released a teaching statement in conjunction with Bishop Vann of Fort Worth on moral considerations when voting in October 2008.  You can read that statement at prolifedallas.org/voting.

A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty
By Tobias Winright, Catholic Moral Theology

There were two state-sanctioned executions in the United States on September 21, 2011. In Georgia, Troy Anthony Davis, an African American man, was put to death for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. In Texas, Lawrence Brewer, a white supremacist, was executed for his participation in the racist hate crime dragging murder of James Byrd in Jasper in 1998. As theologians, scholars, and social justice advocates who participate in the public discussion of Catholic theology, we protest the state-sanctioned killings of both of these men, and we call for the abolition of the death penalty in the US. . .

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “the sanction of death, when it is not necessary to protect society, violates respect for human life and dignity…Its application is deeply flawed and can be irreversibly wrong, is prone to errors, and is biased by factors such as race, the quality of legal representation, and where the crime was committed. We have other ways to punish criminals and protect society.”  Continue reading

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